Kaukritya, aka: Kaukṛtya; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kaukṛtya can be transliterated into English as Kaukrtya or Kaukritya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

1) Kaukṛtya (कौकृत्य, “regret”) refers to one of ten types of manifestly active defilements (paryavasthāna) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13.—The Bodhisattvas (accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata) excelled in destroying various these ten manifestly active defilements (eg., kaukṛtya).

Kaukṛtya also refers to one of the “twenty-four minor defilements” (upakleśa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 69).

2) Kaukṛtya (कौकृत्य, “regret”) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). Accordingly, “the obstacle of excitement (auddhatya) and regret (kaukṛtya).—The person who is prey to regret (kaukṛtya) is like a criminal always tortured by fear (bhaya). When the arrow of regret has entered the mind, it is implanted there and cannot be torn out”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaukṛtya (कौकृत्य).—

1) Evil doing, wickedness.

2) Repentance.

-kaukkuṭa a. [kukkuṭa-aṇ] Relating to a cock; Rām. 2.91.7.

Derivable forms: kaukṛtyam (कौकृत्यम्).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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